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Hi all, I had a chance to visit one of my favorite eastern North Carolina quarries today. This quarry contains exposures of the Cretaceous PeeDee Formation and Eocene Castle Hayne Formation. Overall was an outstanding day for everyone who attended. I was very fortunate to add 2 new species to my collection. First and my best find of the day, a Baculites vertebralis living chamber. Baculites along with all ammonites are extremely rare in North Carolina so this was an unexpected and day making find. Find of the day #2 and barely #2 an extremely rare Cretaceous echinoid, also a first for me. Lefortia trojana I also found more than a few Hardouinia kellumi's. An uncommon Cretaceous echinoid. From the Castle Hayne Eocene, Linthia wilmingtonensis. Unifascia carolinensis I also found this large, softball sized Cretaceous clam cast, from the PeeDee Formation. Trying to find an ID for it. There was lots of other things. 25 or so Hardouinia mortonis, a few shark teeth including 1 nice Squalicorax. Also some cool oysters, Flemingostrea and Exogyra and a real nice cretaceous angel shark vert, that I am having trouble photographing. I also captured this cool pic of a dragonfly taking a break. Great day in the sun, getting some good exercise finding fossils. Cannot ask for anything better than that.
This very rarely found cretaceous echinoid is fairly easy to differentiate from the much more common H. mortonis. A very high test and a small slightly hooded periciproct. It also has a slightly anterior apical center point. The final picture ( just added with edit ) is as found.